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Memories of Stella Still Fresh in My Heart – Obasanjo

03 Dec 2003, ABUJA, Nigeria --- Queen of England Elizabeth II toasts with Nigerian first lady Stella Obasanjo at a reception for the Queen at the State House shortly after her arrival on Wednesday, December 3, 2003. Queen of England Elizabeth II arrived in Nigeria on Wednesday for her first state visit there since 1956 which coincides with the 2003 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. At the reception she made a short speech and met various dignitaries, captains of industry, politicians and tribal leaders. --- Image by © Nic Bothma/Pool/Reuters/Corbis

Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has disclosed that the entire Obasanjo family would continue to miss his late wife, Chief (Mrs.) Stella Obasanjo, even ten years after her demise.

It will be recalled that the late former First Lady, died on Oct. 23 2005 in after a failed surgery in a Spanish hospital.

While speaking at the 10th memorial service for late wife at the Chapel of Christ the Glorious King of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Obasanjo stated that the two families of Abebe and Obasanjo would continue to miss Stella.

The former President, acknowledged that much had been said of his late wife in his book, “My Watch” maintaining “she will dearly be missed by me, my family and the Abebe family.”

Speaking on behalf of the Abebe family, Mr. John Abebe, narrated fond memories of the Mrs. Obasanjo.

In his own remark, Senator Ben Bruce said she was an unusual and global woman who contributed her quota to humanity before her demise.

The presiding Preacher, Pastor Yussuf Obaje in his sermon titled “Keep her memory alive” described her as an epitome of womanhood and urged the family to continue to keep her legacy alive.

Deputy national chairman south of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Ekiti state, Engr. Segun Oni described her as quintessential woman, with a background noted for humility and integrity.

Oni who spoke with newsmen at the reception said his close relationship with the Abebe family gave him the opportunity to understand late Mrs. Obasanjo’s whose pedigree could not be over-emphasized.

Notable among the personalities present included former governor of Osun state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, his Ogun state counterpart, Sen. Ibikunke Amosun, former Managing Director of NNPC, Engr. Funso Kupolokun and Ms. Evelyn Oputu.



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